We were thinking to start sending Alex to daycare starting January 2018 but things did not go as planned .
I love being a stay at home mom, don't get me wrong....but after 2 years and 2 months just at home with my boy I was in need of some time for myself.
In the past two years I have been doing my art studies on line and doing my homework mainly during nap time and early morning sometimes late at night.
One day I woke up and I was just so tired...I totally couldn't do this anymore, not one more day.
My body was on strike. Something had to change.
Went for a morning walk to Playland on 43rd and met this awesome lady and the kids she takes care in her in-house day care.
She had such a positive energy and the kids with her were so happy. I asked for a business card. Her name was Hope. Just the name I needed to hear, YES!
When you are so tired, and so sleep deprived , well, there is Hope :) to help out .
Alex joined here day care the following week, he loves it there. Three morning a week, 15 hours per week when I can do my art with no one attached to my legs.
I managed to finish my book and I did plenty more.
I am so glad I bumped into her!
I was just scared of letting my boy go.. because me and him we have aways been together, but it turned out to be ok. ALL IS GOOD.
So this is my Christmas gift to hope, hopefully she will like it!
There is always Hope!
with love from Laura and Alex
Thank you for everything you do for the most important little man in my life.
This Bibi had his first taste of nutella few days ago...
We prepared together a small slice of bread and spread the chocolate on top.
Then I walk to bedroom to start cleaning and when I walk back to the kitchen I find him with his hands inside the jar and full face covered.
And he was saying " Ancora!!!"," More" in Italian.
Mona was patiently waiting for some chocolate to fall down. Of course ;)
Way too funny not to draw :)
I decided I wanted to do a book for my baby last year, here is the short movie I did the day I started sketching few ideas down.
I played around with some concepts for a couple of months till I found the one I really liked and in January 2017 I started with the first thumbnails .
It is just amazing to look at how much Alex has changed in this past year.
From baby to toddler.
At Sf zoo, sept 2016. ALEx was in love with the train.(he still is!)
And now he is a little boy, with so much hair!!! And he talks so much :)
I love spending my time with you, even though we are not together every day all day as we used to be. You started day care last september ( no way I could have finished the book without the help of the amazing Hope!) and you are becoming more independent .
You are such a funny little man, full of smiles, and full of energy.
You love jumping, especially on the bed but literally everywhere. You love dinosaurs, trains, alligators and mermaids. Your favorite cartoon is Peppa Pig and you have a stuffed Peppa you take to sleep and Peppa's house is one of your favorite toys, together with your trains and cars of course:) You probably love Thomas the train as much as Peppa...i think.
You also love to draw, and we spend hours drawing inside and outside with charcoals . WE love sunny day of but we also enjoy rainy days and jumping in the puddles.
Dear dada, I feel honored you have chosen me to be your mommy!!I am loving this part of my life . (Even though I am always tired and in need of sleep !) and I would never EVER trade my time with you for some more sleep ;)
For some people this happen at two months and for some people it happens after 2 years, to us it happened last night. After 2 years , 4 months and 6 days. ALEX SLEPT THROUGH THE THE NIGHT. ( He fell asleep at 9 and woke up at 6.15!).
I am feeling like texting everyone I know, calling my mom and telling it to every persons I met on my way. (But justing writing this post instead lol!)
Are you asking my how i feel?
I still can't believe it, and I just hope he will repeat tonight:) !
The picture below is a page from my JUST FINISHED BOOK (yes!!!!!this is happening too!!) showing our normal night routine , but it looks like there is finally light at the end of the tunnel !
If you like my illustrations and you want to follow the progress of my "coming out soon" book click LIKE on my Its Bed time FB page IT S BED TIME , A TRUE STORY. Fell free to share the page :)
Thank you everyone for your support!
Finishing the "Mammina !!I am hiding!!" series.
This morning we received a large amazon package and by the time I was back from putting the content to place Alex was already hiding.
It took me some time to find him, just the time to sip a coffee and browse my fb :) lol
A wet Friday here in San Francisco today, but no complain!
My boy and I had actually a lot of fun.
We went to Fort Funston for a full hour of "jumpy puddle" as he likes to call it, after "Peppa Pig"! :)
Some moms were asking where we got the AWESOME rain outfit , on Amazon , following is the link :
Taking a day off from my book to do this Halloween illustration.
Totally enjoying creating this composition and looking forward to have Alex in bed this evening to start coloring it.
Posting the finished piece soon!
We had a mini heat wave in SF last week and Alex and I visited our good friends in Palo alto for a pool day.
First time for the little man to wear his swimming float, " Bimba-pesce" and alligator were invited to the party too.
What a fun day!!
Thank you to Stefi and Ettore!!
Last night I slept in my bed on my own (hubby is traveling this week!) from 10 pm till 6am.
Last time I had such a long stretch of sleep was on the 18th of July 2015. The night before my baby was born.
I had to say this morning I was feeling pretty great!!
As you can tell from my drawing I followed the "lemon theory" for our night weaning and the good news is that it was much less dramatic that I was expecting.
Before the lemon trick I was telling my boy that "nene" need to sleep at night and he can nurse again when the sun is out but honestly he wasn't really getting it.
He would normally wake up around 1.30/2 am and he wanted to come into out bed to nurse, nurse and nurse some more. And BIG drama if I was saying NO to nursing.
To avoid big crying and big noise at night in the end I was always giving up and that was it.
One day I started telling him that mom's nene had BuBu. Such a big BuBu that they need to sleep at night.
He seemed to understand what I was talking about.
That night I went to bed with two slices of lemon and the moment he wanted to nurse I just offered to him and he was so not into the taste!! A big short cry than he gave up and fell asleep on his own.
Second night the same, but no cry on his side just cuddle to me into our bed and went to sleep on his own.
And so we went on for a week or so.
The second week he stopped waking up around 1/2 am to come into our bed.
Now is sleeping into his bed for a very long stretch, till 5 am or 6 am.
I am extremely happy!! I was thinking we could never get to this point.
No he tells me "nene YES" when the sun is out , and"nene"NO when is dar :)
Probably I will be using the lemon to drop some nursing session during the day too, but no hurry for that!
I am enjoying my "long" night now :)
Funny enough, I keep waking up at 1/2am and 3/4am just because my body is so used to it! Looking forward to loose the habit and have a real full night of sleep.
Another page from my coming soon book "It's bed time! A true story."
And surely enough this is true story for many of us.
My boy stopped the brushing teeth drama this week, he is 27 months old. (!!!!) He has 5 different type of toothpaste and I have lost count of the number of toothbrushes, more than 7 probably. We tried playing movies, singing while doing it, let him brush our teeth...there was not a thing that made him brush his teeth with no tears. One day (last week!) he just suddenly stopped crying and now he is ok with it. Hopefully it will stay this way :)
And every evening is a bargain for the numbers of books we agree to read in bed. He wants always so many! And I want always so few..... We normally end up reading three...